A spokeswoman for Ken Feinberg, the lawyer hired by General Motors to rule over the company’s compensation fund, said the claims for deaths linked to the 2.6 million cars equipped with defective ignition switches have reached the 100 units mark.
So far, since the fund has been opened to claims on August 1, there were additionally 184 people who were injured in crashes that occurred in cars involved with the recall. Just a reminder, GM recalled in February almost 2.6 million cars, such as Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions, Pontiac G5s, Chevrolet HHRs, Pontiac Solstices and Saturn Skys, mostly from the 2003-07 model years, for a defect that was caused by a faulty ignition switch.
The decision to postpone the call back of the vehicles for more than a decade – as it was revealed that employees of GM knew about the defect all that time – triggered a huge number of lawsuits and federal probes, including from the US Congress and a criminal investigation by the US Justice Department.
According to General Motors, the compensation fund has no limits – with Feinberg ultimately deciding how much and to whom money would be given – but the company has already estimated it would cost $400 to $600 million to settle the claims.